NB. I have had help writing this funding page as I find it difficult to do myself
Hi... my name is Oliver Goulding. I am 26 and have Cerebral Palsy which means I have limited use of my legs and right arm/hand, have a profound hearing loss, learning difficulties, hydrocephalus and seizures. Although I am not always very well and restricted by my condition, I am determined to follow my dreams and make a future for myself in music and art. Over the last few years I have battled to learn the guitar and to paint and draw. They have both made an amazing impact on my life, making me happier, more confident and giving me a lot of self esteem. They have proved to be the best therapy I have ever had !
I live in Cornwall and like a lot of rural/remote areas there is very little help or funding for creative activities from the local authorities and also charities, as there isn't the population to warrant it. As a result many like me who love the creative arts feel forgotten, bored and frustrated.
Why I need funding
I currently contribute to my activities through busking, which I do a couple of times a week. I use all existing benefits for my essential one to one support. I now need some additional help to get me started on a new project. I need to fund the rental of studio space and to purchase some music and art equipment such as instruments, recording software/hardware and a silk screen printer for transferring my work onto t shirts and bags etc. I can then have a place for me to work so that I can eventually be self supporting and therefore have a more secure future. Through my music and art, I would like to inspire other people who, like me have to overcome challenges before being able to do what other people take for granted. I want to show people what they can do, not always focusing on what a disability stops you from doing. If I could talk to groups of people in a workshop setting, I think I could give them the chance to get as much out of art as I do and support mental well being.
Some of my art work